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What winds you up on Bermuda’s roads?

Bermuda News and Views Motoring News January 10, 2020
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What winds you up on Bermuda’s roads?

What winds you up as a driver?

This is a UK survey – but the results are interesting, nonetheless. Would a Bermuda survey say the same things?

As a driver, it’s sometimes difficult not to be annoyed by the habits of other road users. Indeed, research reveals 80 percent of us admit to feeling road rage.

So, what winds us up the most?

Click4Reg conducted a survey to discover just that, and the results are interesting. Middle-lane hogging, sudden braking and a lack of courtesy rank towards the bottom of the top 10, with less than 20 percent of respondents finding these habits annoying.

From seventh to fifth on the list, things climb more steeply. Speeding (25 percent), bad parking (26 percent) and last-minute merging/lane switching (32 percent) annoy rather more respondents.

The top four sees a jump to 40 percent and above. Tailgating riles up 40 percent of us. Slow driving, at 10mph below the speed limit or more, is a trigger for 41 percent.

Leaving your full beam headlights on (52 percent) comes second. Taking the lead, however, is failing to indicate (55 percent).

Top 10 annoying driving habits Percent of people who find it annoying
Not indicating 55%
Leaving full-beam headlights on 52%
Driving 10mph below the speed limit 41%
Tailgating 40%
Last minute lane mergers and lane switchers 32%
Bad parking 26%
Speeding 25%
Not being courteous to other drivers 19%
Sudden braking 18%
Middle-lane hogging 14%

 

So, which drivers do we find the most annoying? Taxis, motorcycles, young females, buses, vans, coaches and emergency vehicles all attract the ire of less than 20 percent. The top three, however – lorry drivers, young males and the elderly – are disdained by many drivers.

Women are the most annoyed by lorry drivers, with 34 percent having them on their list. Young males catch much more grief than young females, despite both posing a high risk.

Annoyance with older drivers is suspected to correlate with their tendency to drive more slowly.

This story first appeared here

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